Mortgage Rates Dip After Bad Jobs Report

Following this week’s negative jobs report, mortgage rates dropped for the first time in three weeks.

According to Freddie Mac, this drop marks the 10th consecutive week the 30-year mortgage rate averaged under 3.7 percent, which is allowing buyers an extended chance to lock in low rates.

Freddie Mac reports the following national mortgage rate averages for the week:

30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.60 percent with an average 0.5 point this week, down from its average of 3.66 percent last week. A year ago rates averaged 4.04 percent.

15-year fixed-rate mortgages: this week averaged 2.87 percent with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.92 percent. A year ago rates averaged 3.25 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac

Mortgage Rates Climb Near 4% Range

For the sixth consecutive week, mortgage rates inched higher, continuing to climb from all-time lows, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage—the most popular among home buyers—has now climbed a half percentage point since last month.

A strengthening economy and positive employment report this month prompted fixed-rate mortgages to climb higher this week, says Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending June 13:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.98 percent, with an average 0.7 point, rising from last week’s 3.91 percent average. A year ago at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.71 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.10 percent this week, with an average 0.7 point, increasing from last week’s 3.03 percent average. Last year at this time, 15-year rates averaged 2.98 percent.
  • 5-year adjustable-rate mortgages averaged 2.79 percent, with an average 0.6 point, rising from last week’s 2.74 percent average. Last year at this time, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.80 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac

Improved Job Report Sends Mortgage Rates Higher

After posting record lows the last few weeks, mortgage rates inched higher this week, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey. Yet, rates still remain near 60-year lows! Great news too many areas including the Placerville, California regions.  

“An employment report that was better than market expectations helped to lift long-term Treasury bond yields and mortgage rates as well,” Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s chief economist, notes. In September, the economy added 103,000 workers; however, the unemployment rate still remained high at 9.1 percent. 

Here’s a closer look at rates for the week ending Oct. 13. 

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.12 percent, with an average 0.8 point, moving up from last week’s record-hitting 3.94 percent average. A year ago at this time, 30-year rates averaged 4.19 percent. 
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.37 percent with an average 0.8 point–that’s up slightly from last week’s low of 3.26 percent average. Last year at this time, 15-year rates averaged 3.62 percent. 
  • 5-year adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.06 percent, with an average 0.6 point, and inching up from last week’s 2.96 percent. Last year at this time, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.47 percent. 
  • 1-year ARMs: averaged 2.90 percent with an average 0.6 point, a drop from last week’s 2.95 average. A year ago, 1-year ARMs averaged 3.43 percent. 

Source: Freddie Mac